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Health Policies

Emergency Information

An Emergency Information Card must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian for each student at the beginning of each school year.  This form will be kept on file in the office and used to contact parents / guardians in emergency situations.  Any changes to the information on this card must be done in person at the school office. 

Illness or Injury

For health and safety purposes, students should not be sent to school if they are showing signs of illness, such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, constant coughing, sore throat or untreated infected skin patches / rashes.  It is advisable that students with a fever are kept home until he/she is fever free for 24 hours, without benefit from a fever-reducing agent.

Parents should notify the school office whenever their child is going to be absent from school due to illness or injury.

During school hours if your child feels ill or is injured, the office personnel will determine if your child needs to be taken home by checking the following signs or symptoms:

  • Temperature of 100.0°F or above with complaints of moderate to severe illness or pain
  • Difficult or rapid breathing (with no relief from medications provided by parent)
  • Severe coughing
  • Eyes that are red, swollen and draining
  • Vomiting / diarrhea
  • Severe pain

If any of these conditions exist, the office staff will notify the parents. Parents are responsible to pick up your child or arrange for a designated person to pick up the child promptly.  The adult picking up the child must sign out the student in the school office.

If your child has a long-term medical condition (such as asthma, severe allergies or anaphylaxis, diabetes, seizures, etc.) please make sure it is noted on the Emergency Information Card and Health Survey Form. In addition, please check with the office manager to obtain other forms that may need to be filled out.

Head Lice

A student who has active, adult live lice will be excluded from school until treatment is completed.  The student shall be allowed to return to school the next day and shall be checked by school staff to ensure that the student is free of lice before returning to class.  According to Board Policy, once he/she is determined to be free of lice, the student shall be rechecked weekly for up to 6 weeks.

Medications

The California Education Code has specific guidelines for all public schools regarding the administration of medications for both prescription and over the counter medications. 

A physician’s statement must be completed each school year for students receiving any prescription or over the counter medications during school and all school sponsored events / activities. The form, Permission To Give Medication At School  must be updated annually or if medication changes / dosage changes occur. 

All prescription and over the counter medications must be delivered to school in its original labeled prescription identifying the child's name, dosage, type of medication, and times to be given.  Medications not delivered in its original container will not be accepted by the school.  It is also the responsibility of the parents to check expiration dates on all medications.

All medications must be delivered to the school by an adult.

Immunization Requirements

The California School Immunization Law requires that children be up-to-date on their immunizations (shots) to attend school. Most children need booster shots before starting kindergarten.  Students must present documentation of complete immunizations before entry into a school.  Students shall be excluded from school or exempted from immunization requirements only as allowed by law.

Vision / Hearing Screenings

All students shall have their vision and / or hearing screened each year.   This screening shall comply with California Department of Education standards and shall be performed by qualified personnel authorized by the District as specified by law.

Classroom teachers may refer any student from any other grade for either screenings as necessary.